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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats were a fad in the United States during the 1920s, particularly with (male) college students in the middle and later years of the decade. They are full-length fur coats. They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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Albany Times Union

Albany Times Union
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:03:45 -0700

He also found a receipt for a raccoon coat once stored in the basement cold storage, and a 1948 seventh-grade report card for Arthur Aronson from Thomas Knickerbacker Junior High School in Lansingburgh. A lambskin fur coat borrowed from The Antiques ...

Stillwater Current

Stillwater Current
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:41:15 -0700

His full-length raccoon coat, saddle shoes, flamboyant spectacles, fedora, and ever-present mastering of a few words in the English language. But as is so often said, his bark was worse than his bite. Those who learned the answers to those questions ...

Entertainment Weekly (blog)

Entertainment Weekly (blog)
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Geraldine Page, walking into a restaurant in a long raccoon coat, her breasts visible as she greeted Mulgrew. Richard Burton, in the book's tastiest chapter, offering the inexperienced Mulgrew advice: “This business will kill you…. It's no place for a ...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:29:18 -0800

All I'm saying is that when Yale at Harvard is the best game of the weekend, someone better be wearing a raccoon coat. No offense to the Crimson and the Elis. They play "The Game" on Saturday in the sport's oldest stadium with the Ivy League ...

Pensacola News Journal

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Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:52:55 -0800

J. Earle Bowden, one of the greatest Pensacolians, has died. But the iconic Pensacola historian, newspaperman, cartoonist and preservationist built a legacy that will outlast us all. Bowden, Pensacola News Journal editor emeritus, died Sunday in a ...


Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:36:53 -0800

This stance is as outdated as the raccoon coat. Players can take exams any number of ways that doesn't require them to sit in a proctored classroom with a ticking clock and a blue book. They show during the season that they can balance the rigors of ...
Boston Globe (subscription)
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:52:30 -0700

FROM THIS DAY IN 1947, via the Globe archives: “Mayor James Michael Curley, dressed in his raccoon coat, receives flowers from Mrs. Betty Cherry during South Boston's traditional Evacuation Day parade on March 17, 1947. Mayor Curley's wife, Gertrude, ...
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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:03:45 -0700

If you think anyone on the Nebraska football team has ever husked corn or that the Fightin' Irish are really Irish, then the last time you were on a college campus, you were wearing a raccoon coat. The alums like to pretend that everything's the way it ...

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